Sally K. Norton
What is oxalate and how can it impact your health?
Awareness of the toxicity of oxalates in foods may be new to you, contradicting the long-held faith you may have in certain foods. Accepting and remembering new facts can be difficult and confusing. You have to be willing to update your knowledge and let go of misleading ideas (like “all dark greens are healthy”). That’s especially challenging when the toxicity of oxalate is overlooked even by professionals who should know better.
People consider many high-oxalate foods to be healthy and “normal.” For example, spinach is now considered a healthy dark “green.” But its present popularity ignores a long history of well-documented problems caused by the oxalate it contains and more recent discoveries like the low nutrient value of spinach sold in stores.
Sleep was the issue that led Sally to oxalates.
For any mysterious health problems, we need oxalates to be on of the list of possibilities.
Oxalates are a chronic bioaccumulation disorder.
Sleep disorders are from brain toxicity, which comes from dysbiosis of the gut.
6 years ago, she found answers at the Vulvar Pain Foundation..
Oxalic acid is a cleaner. Takes rust off, bleaches. Cleans because it has a lot of oxygen and chelates minerals. Grabs onto calcium. Becomes crystalline oxalates.
Oxalates cause mineral and electrolyte upset, digestive upsets.
Plants create oxalates so they don’t get eaten.
The major action of tannins is antinutrient. Damages intestinal tract and stomach.
Why doesn’t the body get rid of oxalates? We can get rid of about 200 mg. oxalates in food.
Spinach, red stem chard, and beet greens are especially high in oxalates. Also in nuts, cacao, carob, chia seeds. Quinoa, buckwheat, sweet potatoes, beans are high in oxalates and lectins.
A series of infections could mean immune damage from oxalate damage.
Antibiotics lead to high absorption of oxalates, less ability to release them.
Oxalate detox needs to be taken slowly. Excreted through urine, also the skin. Some people get kidney stones.
Cloudy urine is oxalate crystals refracting light. Urine is a spot check.
Takes 9 urine tests to estimate the amount of oxalates you excrete. Can lose the ability to excrete oxalates.
Toxicity and deficiency are the cause of all diseases. Oxalates are often a sleeper underlying cause.
Sally’s new book is Toxic Superfoods, coming out in December. SallyKNorton.com.
Ancient Egyptians tried to live on wheat and were a quite sick society.
How many oxalates can we eat? Trigger and maintenance theory of keeping oxalates forming.
We need animal fat and animal protein.
Cabbage family are low oxalate foods. Cook well, limit amount.
Sally eats a mostly meat diet.
She now theorizes that 98 out of 100 people have health issues from oxalates. Pay attention to your body to know.
Increasing number of people with crystals in the thyroid gland, impairing its function.
Eyes are surface of the brain. Can have oxalates coming out in eye grit and in sinuses.
Anyone with sick kidneys needs to be off oxalates. Can’t measure oxalates in blood unless kidneys are failing, or have rare genetic disease of liver producing too much oxalates.
Vitamin C degrades into oxalate naturally. Also degradation of collagen.
Listener says most of India and all vegans should be dead, if Sally is correct. Sally says they’re not healthy.
Oxalates in a meal will hit the stomach and nervous system around 4 hours later.
We absorb 15% of oxalate in food, but if gut is irritated, could be a hyperabsorber at 70%.
Lectin sources are undercooked beans, botanical fruits with seeds. Can pressure cook lectins out, but not oxalates.
“Superfoods” high in oxalates: Spinach, almond butter, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, chocolate.
Hair loss from oxalates? Body uses an immune reaction to clear out the oxalates, and that acid reaction is damaging to hair.
When the liver is starved of sugar, it produces more oxalate. Need to keep blood sugar more even. Want a little insulin spike to maintain normal blood glucose. Chronic zero carb doesn’t work for people with oxalates.
Stopping chronic low carb stopped Sally’s night leg cramps which weren’t alleviated by mineral supplementation.
Pork is best natural source of thiamine. A low fat deficiency is the worse.
Saunas help get rid of inflammation. Highly recommended for healing the cardiovascular system.
Oxalates create osteopenia and osteoporosis. Steals the minerals needed to build bones and keep the heart healthy. Bones can hold oxalates for a long time.
Eggs are great, but they are a high allergenic food.
Disturbances In electrolytes can indicate an oxalate problem.
Low Vitamin B6 can influence how oxalates are metabolized.
Do high lectin foods promote poor appetite control?
Could early menopause be an oxalate issue? Sally has seen such cases and seen reversal with low oxalate diets.
Unless a high value, the oxalate metabolites on the Organic Acids Test from Great Plains don’t necessarily indicate absence of oxalate problems.
Is it worth it to make kefir from raw dairy? Definitely yes, if it agrees with you.
Moralizing about not eating animal flesh was taken to an unfortunate extreme.
Organ meats – important, but in proportionality and not daily.
Fat sources: Butter, coconut oil, lard from healthy pigs, tallow, eggs and egg yolks.